ABOUT ROY SCHWARCZ
I was born and raised in New York. At the age of thirteen I received my Bar Mitzvah in the Orthodox tradition.
My mother emigrated with her family from Berlin to flee the Nazis. My father was the son of Jewish immigrants who came from Budapest in the early 1900s. I was born in New York City.
In the summer of 1971, I came to believe that Jesus (Yeshua) was the Messiah through the testimony of Gentile Christians who had a love for Israel and the Jewish people. It was through their prayers and sharing with me about the God of Israel that I too came to understand that Jesus was the Messiah. Initially, I didn’t understand much about my sin, but I was convinced that Jesus was the Messiah of the Jewish people and believed that God wanted me to put my faith in Him and His work on my behalf.
My biggest resistance to accepting Jesus as Messiah and Lord were his followers who persecuted my people since the first century. In addition Christians were known for their hypocrisy and prejudice, sadly over I too came to see my own inconsistencies as a believer. But as I read the New Testament I was amazed to discover how Jewish Jesus was as were His first disciples. My entire perspective of Jesus was based on the stories from family and friends who like me did not know what the Bible. When I read the Bible with an open mind and heart I was deeply touched by the message and life of Jesus. I discovered that the Jewish Scriptures had much to say about what the Messiah would look like and they pointed to Jesus of Nazareth. You can see for yourself here: Isaiah53
I have been involved in Jewish ministries since 1975 working on college campuses, led home Bible studies, and began four Messianic Congregations — one in Toronto and three in the Chicago area. Currently I lead weekly Bible studies the Chicago area. These studies have led to both Jews and Gentiles to discover the Jewishness of Christianity and helped many to come to faith in Jesus. I oversee the Midwest Region of Chosen People Ministries based in Chicago and currently lead the Beth Sar Shalom Fellowship in Chicago.
I lead tours to Israel to help Christians understand the Land, the People and the Bible. These trips help Christians learn the Jewish roots of their faith and how it applies to their walk in the faith of Abraham. If you would like information email me at Rschwarcz@chosenpeople.com
I graduated from the Jewish studies program at Moody Bible Institute and received a Masters of Theology from the Feinberg Center the Jewish Studies program of Biola University. I was ordained through the Olive Tree Congregation in Prospect Heights, Illinois.
I authored the book “Where Jesus Walked”, which examines over 50 portions of the life of Jesus demonstrating how Israel’s prophets foretold events that were fulfilled in the life of Yeshua. Each portion is considered from a Jewish perspective giving insights that help to understand the context of the New Covenant giving a greater understanding of the Jewish foundation of the New Covenant promised by the prophets of Israel. I also served on the pastoral staff of Moody Church in Chicago.